139. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the tender for the handheld devices for the roads policing unit will be published; the timeframe for the procurement of the necessary handheld devices; the reason there has been a delay thus far; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40025/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made, including investment of €342 million in Garda ICT infrastructure between 2016 and 2021.
The Deputy will be aware that investment in Garda ICT infrastructure was emphasised in the report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland and An Garda Síochána has under 'A Policing Service for the Future' , the implementation plan for that report, committed to commencing the rollout of 2,000 devices to frontline members by the end of the year.
I am informed by An Garda Síochána that it is working with the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) to finalise a tender document in this regard, to allow selection of the preferred telecommunication company as well as suitable devices and services.